How much do history books cost?I need to know for an essay I am writing. I need to know how much they cost now or how much the used to cost. thank you

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This is an interesting question. If you are doing a study on the cost of books, there are a few important considerations. 

First, you need to account for inflation. Inflation alone causes the prices of goods and services to increase year after year. So, a history book that was published in 1930 costs considerably less than a history book that was published in 2010. What you can do is go to a used bookstore and look at the original prices of old books. 

Second, since you are asking about history books, you need to make a distinction. If it is a popular history book, most likely the price will be relatively affordable. If it is an academic book, since there is a limited number printed, it will cost a lot more. This is an important factor in pricing. 

Finally, if you want to get a sense of book prices now, go to and do some comparative shopping. It will give you new and used prices. 

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